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Florida Bar accused of anti-competitive conduct

Angela Underwood Nov. 21, 2017, 3:55pm

The Florida Bar and a traffic-ticket defense firm are being sued for almost $12 million dollars for anti-competitive conduct.

Contributions by justices to activists emerge again amid Supreme Court 'hot mic' controversy

John Breslin Nov. 21, 2017, 8:09am

TALLAHASSEE - Contributions made by two Supreme Court justices to an activist group after a fractious retention vote nearly five years ago are being used by critics to argue they should recuse themselves from a case because they are biased against Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott moves to disqualify Justice Pariente in wake of 'hot mic' comments

Ann Maher Nov. 20, 2017, 5:27pm

TALLAHASSEE - Governor Rick Scott today moved to disqualify Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente from the case of League of Women Voters Florida, et al. v. Rick Scott, in the wake of the justice's controversial "hot mic" remarks after the conclusion of oral argument in the case nearly three weeks ago.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina attorney reprimanded for not communicating with client

Karen Kidd Nov. 18, 2017, 8:00am

North Carolina attorney Vasilios Alexander Venakides has been publicly reprimanded after a Sept. 14 Florida Supreme Court order following allegations he stopped communicating with a client in a marriage dissolution case.

Florida Supreme Court sanctions judge for misconduct

Dee Thompson Nov. 17, 2017, 2:12pm

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Supreme Court has approved punitive measures against Judge Philip James Yacucci Jr., accused of violating the Code of Judicial Conduct when making rulings in cases involving a former political rival, DUI attorney Stephen Smith.

Walmart again under fire for alleged discrimination against women

Dee Thompson Nov. 17, 2017, 2:02pm

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Walmart is being sued by women who allege they are not given the same chance at promotion as males in stores Walmart's southeastern stores.

New York attorney to be publicly reprimanded over alleged conflict of interest

Karen Kidd Nov. 17, 2017, 11:48am

New York attorney Stewart Meagher McGough will receive a public reprimand following a Sept. 14 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he engaged in a conflict of interest, according to a Florida State Bar announcement.

Fla. Supreme Court suspends Tampa attorney no longer practicing law

Karen Kidd Nov. 15, 2017, 2:46pm

Tampa attorney Jan Marie McCray, who says she is no longer practicing law, received a 91-day suspension following an Oct. 13 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations that included failing to maintain minimum required trust account records.

11th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds ruling against Boston Scientific

David Hutton Nov. 15, 2017, 12:10pm

The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s ruling that consolidated cases filed by four women who alleged injuries by a defective pelvic mesh implant by Boston Scientific Corp.

Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust files record request in state Supreme Court hot mic controversy

John Breslin Nov. 14, 2017, 2:39pm

TALLAHASSEE – Washington-based Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) is seeking emails from two Florida Supreme Court justices following a controversy over comments the pair made that were picked up by a hot mic.

Jacksonville attorney suspended after failing to return $1.25 million deposited in client account

Karen Kidd Nov. 12, 2017, 11:50pm

Jacksonville attorney Christopher Michael Ochoa has been suspended until further notice following an Sept. 19 Florida Supreme Court order over $1.25 million allegedly transferred into his client trust account for a business deal that he failed to return upon request.

Kissimmee attorney suspended following allegations she failed to diligently represent clients

Karen Kidd Nov. 12, 2017, 12:01pm

Kissimmee attorney Talitha Marcine Leacock has been suspended following a Sept. 14 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations she failed to diligently represent clients after being retained.

Florida nursing homes called ill-equipped to handle emergencies

Chandra Lye Nov. 10, 2017, 12:23pm

Florida nursing home agencies have been called upon to cooperate in an effort to properly equip residential facilities to handle emergency situations like the recent hurricanes.

Miami attorney suspended for allegedly soliciting client at hospital

Karen Kidd Nov. 10, 2017, 8:00am

Miami attorney Arturo Dopazo III faces a year of suspension following an Oct. 5 Florida Supreme Court opinion over allegations that he solicited a client at a hospital following an automobile accident more than a decade ago.

Florida Supreme Court authorizes changes to state bar regulations

Noell Wolfgram Evans Nov. 9, 2017, 3:28pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Supreme Court issued its decision Oct. 19 regarding proposed changes to the regulations that govern the Florida Bar.

Clearwater attorney agrees to disbarment following grand theft guilty plea

Karen Kidd Nov. 9, 2017, 2:45pm

Clearwater attorney John Arthur Smitten, currently in Pinellas County Jail following his guilty plea on a charge he had stolen more than $100,000 from an area law firm, has agreed to his disbarment following a Sept. 14 Florida Supreme Court order.

Gov. Scott says 'we expect judges to be impartial' in 'hot mic' records request

John Breslin Nov. 9, 2017, 7:56am

TALLAHASSEE - Governor Rick Scott made a public records request Tuesday asking for all documents reviewed by two state Supreme Court justices involving their controversial "hot mic" exchange over the make up of a commission that recommends nominees to the high court.

Chief justice's hot mic remarks shows 'intent to influence' process of filling SC vacancies, lawyer says

Ann Maher Nov. 7, 2017, 3:37pm

TALLAHASSEE - Following a hearing at the Florida Supreme Court last week over who gets to appoint replacements for three justices whose terms expire in 2019, a hot mic picked up what is described as a troubling exchange between Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and Justice Barbara Pariente.

Clermont attorney publicly reprimanded after employing disbarred attorney as paralegal

Karen Kidd Nov. 5, 2017, 12:00pm

Clermont attorney Justin Rickman has been publicly reprimanded by publication following an April 13 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he employed a disbarred attorney as a paralegal.

Winter Park attorney reprimanded, placed on probation following trust account irregularities

Karen Kidd Nov. 4, 2017, 4:00pm

Winter Park attorney Eric Anthony Lanigan, practicing in Florida for almost 41 years, has been publicly reprimanded by publication in the Southern Reporter and placed on two years' probation following an Aug. 3 Florida Supreme Court order related to allegations in three separate cases.